Momar Kahdafi is reported to be abandoning weapons of mass destruction in an effort to improve relations with the U.S. and British. And the "coalition" is thinking this is a result of Saddam's recent capture. Well if a few more lunatics get paranoid enough to abandon murder and mayhem, thats all fine with me, but I doubt the two events are that closely related.
David Blaine [3:16 PM]
I woke up at 3:30 this morning, got up to see if it was snowing, and it was. About 4:30 I got an e mail from "my" ski area, they had gotten 6" of snow last night and were grooming it. That was it, I was off. It wasn't too cold today, upper 20's to 30. No wind in the woods, clean smelling winter air. Usually this place is crowded with all levels of skiers from first timers to race winners. Not today though. There was one older gentleman who had gone out and assured me there was enough snow that I wouldn't damage the bottoms of my good skis. I'd brought old ones as a backup precaution. I followed his tracks out a ways and then after the point where he had turned back I was on my own, breaking the unmarked snow. A first for me, at least at this trail. I skied about 2 hours and drove home. Picked up the last groceries for Christmas dinner. I'm sore tonight, not the usual muscles involved in todays effort. A good sore though. Later,
David Blaine [7:34 PM]
It's one week away today, Christmas day. All the decorations are up, gifts are bought AND wrapped. No major arguments in the household this year. Despite problems the past few months looks like my family will have an enjoyable holiday, and so I pass my wishes on to all of you for a joyous holiday season as well.
David Blaine [4:31 AM]
The Lion of Baghdad
As news spread yesterday concerning the capture of Saddam Hussein, Iraqis had differing thoughts about their future. Many were excited that perhaps the last stumbling block had been removed, that now they could have a fresh start with a new government. Many were disappointed in the way Hussein spoke about fighting against the Americans, but then allowed himself to be captured without resisting or firing a shot. Some even thought he should have committed suicide. Sometimes presidents and leaders talk the talk without walking the walk, and this seems to have been one of those times. If Iraqis were waiting for Hussein to return as a triumphant hero, they are missing the true heros. The ordinary citizen of Iraq who has to pick up the pieces now and rebuild his country, live with the loss of loved ones, perhaps move because his or her home was destroyed, these are the heros in Iraq today. Lets salute them. And then lets get out of their way and let them live self directed lives in peace.
David Blaine [8:31 AM]